Amanda walks into Nedlindger’s.. ready to listen to Lee’s problems.. doh!! She interrupts Lee getting to know his new buddy Jack Harris.
Amanda: (to Lee) Hi. I went to the office to talk to you. Mr Melrose is looking for you.
As soon as Amanda arrives, Jack bids farewell to Lee and makes a hasty retreat
Lee (trying to say bye to Harris): Uh, yeah. Oh, Jack, uh
[Lee watches his exit.. oopsie! Oh well.. he’ll be back!]
.. Amanda, what are you doing here?
Amanda: I came to get you. Mr Melrose is really pretty upset.
Lee: I could really care less if Mr Melrose is upset or not.
Amanda: Lee, listen. Are you in some sort of trouble or something?
Lee: What, me? No, no, I’m feeling on top of the world.
Lee: Yeah. ha..
Amanda: Well, you know I was thinking. And it seems like maybe you need a, a vacation, you know just to get away from it. And I read that sometimes if you take a, a periodic vacation and you do it when you’re, you know, feeling very stressful, it can help to relieve that, you know, everyday stress that you just have in your life, cos you-
[LOL Amanda this pep talk is turning into a ramble!]
Lee : Yeah, yeah, second volume of Ballarde’s manual on stress-related problems, right?
LOL- I’d say Lee knows it because he read the textbook so he can do this cover really well!
Lee looks over to Jack Harris’ table and sees that he has left. Three glasses- who was Harris sitting at the table with? Wow.. so this little performance is for Ned and Amanda huh.. lovely.. grrr..
Lee: Yeah, uh, Ned, c’mon. Hit me again, will ya? And, oh, and, um, give the lady a Shirley Temple.
[I think the way Lee says this is condescending as!! ]
Amanda: I think you’ve had enough.
Lee: Yes, I have had enough. I’ve had enough of Billy and Francine telling me that I am not the agent that I used to be. [Does Ned know Lee is an agent?? Lee is talking pretty loud here!] And if you’re going to play little miss social worker again …
(Lee gets really cranky with Amanda here. wow… I’ll come back to this- really want to hear your thoughts! )
… I’ve had enough of that before you even start, believe me.
Amanda: Lee, I just came to talk.
Lee is being so awful to Amanda here..but she stays calm, trying to do what is best for Lee.
Lee: Ohhh, please, all right, all right. All right, let’s go and get it over with.
Amanda: OK. Oh, wait a minute. Look, here. You can’t go like this. You look terrible.
Lee: What do you mean I can’t….
Amanda picks up Lee’s jacket and helps him with his sleeves.
Amanda: Just roll your sleeve down. Hold your sleeve. Hold your sleeve.
Lee: All right, all right, all right.
Amanda: Put your jacket on. If you’re going to go, go looking good.
Lee: I’ll go looking good. [Mmmm very good!]
Lee goes along with visiting Billy again..
Amanda: go looking good!
Lee: ha! go looking good..
Amanda: Put your jacket on. There you go.
[tee hee he practically growls her name here- I like to think it is because he is trying to stay ‘in character’ here and resist enjoying her company]
Amanda: Come on.
Lee: That’s a pocket…. Amanda!!!
Amanda: I’ve got to fix your tie. This is really bad. I hope you like a Windsor knot.
Lee: I don’t li-
Amanda: It’s the only one I know. Come on now. I’m a little out of practice but…
[This pic is begging for a meme- anyone??
Lee’s had enough.. me thinks he can’t cope with Amanda touching him so much He takes the tie off and gives it to Amanda!] …Hey! Hey! Why,…why
don’t you just take this and you practice with it and you enjoy it, OK?
Amanda: Lee, just….
[there’s another pic begging for a meme! ]
Amanda and Lee are kinda cute with her helping him with his jacket and tie. I love this episode, but I find Lee’s treatment of Amanda here as part of his cover, hard to watch. How about you?
I want to think that Lee’s character struggles to behave this way with Amanda- because he cares about her – but knowing the scene with Billy is coming up next– I don’t know that he is struggling with not being able to share this cover with Amanda, and having to treat her poorly- not so far… Do you think he is? guess I am jumping ahead a tad on this sorry. I’m not going to get to Billy’s scene in this post..next one!
This cover is hard on Amanda and it’s so unnecessary to hurt her like this.. His nastiness and complaining of her ‘playing little miss social worker’ is pretty low – when she has, in the past, shown herself to be a good friend to him.
So then why does he do it?? [why does he keep the cover from Amanda?]
Maybe Lee still hasn’t grasped how much of a loyal partner Amanda is to him yet? He has grasped many things about her – and knows she is a good friend- but at the beginning of this episode: does Lee see Amanda as his equal work partner who will stick with him through thick and thin? who he can count on at the agency?? I’m not so sure he does. I think Lee sees he is that for Amanda at the agency, he has always been her guardian angel at the agency – like in Spiderweb (even right from the start?!). I think Lee doesn’t yet see that Amanda can be that for him too! Lee is still looking at himself as the lone wolf who in some things doesn’t have or need a partner- A few lessons for Lee to learn in this episode 🙂 I’ll discuss this much more in relation to his upcoming scene with Billy.. feel free to share your thoughts on what you think is going on with Lee.. 🙂
You know, I started off walking through this episode feeling like it was a bit of a stretch that Lee could do this to his life and to Amanda – but now – I’m starting to see a way through this and it doesn’t feel like such a stretch! 🙂 I use to enjoy this episode in spite of this difficulty I had with how Lee treated Amanda- I’m now seeing that this is part of the story – and part of what makes the episode so great!!! I think this is thanks to walking through the episodes one at a time with you all – not looking ahead so much, but just staying with the characters and their journey – and in a sense- experiencing the journey right along with them! 😉
Lee doesn’t seem to have a problem with Francine and his fellow agents thinking poorly of him – maybe this is also to do with Lee’s tendency to compartmentalise things?? This episode starts off with Lee being okay with the cover and not telling Amanda.. and finishes up with… hmmm..well.. we’ll see! 🙂
[Is that an Iwsod tease BJo??!!! I just love how I get the blame for you teasing us in your stats posts 😉 LOL go for it Bjo!! tease us and be proud! haaaa!! It’s all good fun :)]
Also about episode order- I’m thinking maybe it works better if YODTwice and their closeness there comes after this episode.. Hmmm I’m wondering.. what do you think?
In Saviour we saw Amanda gain the status of loyal friend to Lee – maybe the purpose in revisiting this whole concept is to demonstrate Amanda is much more than that now??!! Thoughts? [I see Morley has suggested this in the comments of post 2 also 🙂 ]
Well, we can continue to explore this as we walk through the episode – but as always, I’m looking forward to hearing what you think..
Okay – byeee for now!!